Rufty-Holmes Senior Center
 February 2015 Events Newsletter 

African-American History Breakfast

Friday, February 27 beginning at 8:30am at the Senior Center. The speaker will be the Honorable Donald L. Graham, US District Court Judge for the Southern District of Florida, a Salisbury, NC native. Cost is $7.00 per person at the door, but advance reservations are required. Call 704-216-7714 by Monday, February 23 to make a reservation. Open to any interested older adult.

Solitaire Valentines Breakfast Social

Friday, February 13 at 8:30am. Our annual Valentine's gathering for local older ladies who are widowed or otherwise single on Valentine's Day. Sponsored by JJ's Construction Company and Gentiva Home Health. There will be a full buffet breakfast and gifts. Entertainment will be on keyboard, flute and song provided by Meryl Vogh. Free and open to interested older ladies who pre-register by calling the Center by February 10. Space is limited.

Cultural Crossroads Event: Moravian Love Feast

Tuesday, February 10 at 4:30 pm. Becky Cook, a life-long Moravian will share a brief history of the Moravians and how they ended up in North Carolina, along with information about the Moravian Church and the Moravians of "Old Salem". After the history and culture lesson, Betty will share a traditional Moravian Love Feast including Moravian hymn music, a simple bun and a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Learn how the Moravians use their love feasts year-round in celebrations of fellowship and love. There is no charge for the event but participants should register by Thursday, February 5 by calling 704-216-7714.

Annual Presidents' Day Luncheon

Wednesday, February 18 at 11:30am for Presidents of senior clubs and organizations connected to the Center. Rufty-Holmes will provide a buffet luncheon to salute the volunteer leadership provided by the heads of the various groups. A program on American Presidents will follow as well as an opportunity to update clubs on things happening at the Center. Call 704-216-7714 to make reservations.

Identity Theft Seminar

Wednesday, February 11 at 10:00am. Representatives with Park Sterling Bank will present information from the perspective of the Federal Trade Commission and the banking industry on detecting, deterring and defending personal and financial information. Learn what financial institutions do, and what you should do, to protect yourself or respond to identity theft. The seminar is free and open to any interested adult. Pre-registration is requested by calling 704-216-7714. 

New Classes 

Handmade Cards -Tuesday, February 3 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.


Heartsaver CPR Class: Tuesday, February 10 at 4:00pm. Do you know what to do in the event of a cardiac emergency? It's never too late to be trained in CPR. This American Heart Association class is a basic, simplified version. You will learn hands-on CPR and AED without the pressure of a written test. This class will be taught by Amy Honeycutt. The cost is $32 payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Call 704-216-7714 to register.


Mind Aerobics Art Class - An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-4pm beginning January 5. $10 per session payable to the instructor.


Three-Part Nutrition & Cooking Series: The series of lessons will be held Friday, February 20; Friday, March 6; and Friday, March 27 from 12:30-2:00pm. Learn to cook, eat and understand good nutrition.   Certified Nutritionist Wendy NaPant will show you how to cook healthy tasty meals as well as manage your time and your stress level. Wendy is a Holistic Health Coach who uses fresh healthy foods to encourage healthier food choices. The cost of each class, including eating the healthy meal, is $12 per session, or $30 for all three classes of the series payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Call 704-216-7714 to register. Space is limited.


Watercolor Workshops - Monday evenings at 7:00pm beginning January 5 with Frank Saunders. Receive individual guidance and benefit from group instruction as you work on your own watercolor projects. $12 fee per session payable to the instructor.   Pre-registration is not required.

New Computer Classes

Register at the Front Desk. Payment for computer classes is requested prior to the first day of class. The fee for each computer class listed below is $10.00. Participants must be members of Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. A minimum of four people is necessary to hold a computer class.


Tablet Classes: Friday, February 13-- iPad Class from 9:00 am-12:00 noon or Android Class from 1:00-4:00 pm. The best way to learn how to use your tablet is to share with other users. In our classes, we go over basic use tips then learn to download new apps (applications.) You need to know your user information---all your passwords and user names.                  


Word Processing: Friday, February 20 from 12:00-4:00 pm. Many things can be accomplished with the word processing program on your computer. In this class, we will review the basics of Microsoft Word then work on creating a flyer and a newsletter. You will also learn how to get graphics appropriate for the work you want to do.


Explore the Internet: Wednesday, February 25 from 1:00-4:30 pm. Learn to surf the Internet. What sites will benefit you? This class will help you develop a list of favorite sites.     

Movie of the Month

Wednesday, February 25 at 2:00pm. Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management interested older adults. Come out and enjoy "Parental Guidance," with Billy Crystal, Bette Midler & Marisa Tomei, rated PG, on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. Free. (Motion picture license # 12137390).  

Women's Health & Fitness Club

Wednesday, February 4 at 2:00pm.Valerie Velte, Novant Health Regional Medical Center Corporate & Community Wellness Nurse, will present "Matters of the Heart." The club is open to women 55 years of age or older. The Women's Health and Fitness Club is cosponsored by Novant Health and Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Each month features a special health or fitness program. The club is open to all women 55 years of age. 

Men's Health & Fitness Club 

Wednesday, February 11 at 2:00 pm.   The group will learn about the benefits of "therapeutic massage" from Travis Alligood, Licensed Massage Therapist. The meeting is open to men 55 and older. Come and meet other men who are interested in improving their health. The Men's Health and Fitness Club is cosponsored by Novant Health and Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Each month features a special health or fitness program. The club is open to all men 55 years of age. 

Outdoor Adventure Club - Trip to Granite Lake Park

Friday, February 27. Outdoor Adventure Club members will meet at Granite Lake Park in Granite Quarry at 10:00am. Beth Foreman will be leading the group in a casual walk around the lake and through the nature trail. Each person can walk as many laps as they wish at their own pace. Bring water and money for a Dutch-treat lunch after the walk where plans for the March trip will be discussed. Dress appropriately for the weather.   Participation is at your own risk. The club is open to anyone 55 years or older who likes to hike and has the ability to walk a minimum of two miles at a brisk pace.   New participants will need to complete an information survey at the Front Desk. In case of inclement weather, call the Senior Center, as the outing may be postponed.   Call 704-216-7714 for more information and to register to participate. 

New Exercise Class

New participants must join the Center and meet with a Fitness Trainer to be signed up for a fitness class. Call 704-216-7714 for more information.


Cardio Mini Series: PiYo begins February 3, and will meet every Tuesday and Thursday in February at 5:30pm. Join other older adults to get a great cardio workout with Angela. Learn how to strengthen your core with PiYo. PiYo is a Pilates and Yoga mix which will strengthen your core, back, legs and arms. 

On-Going Exercise ClassesClass Openings

One may join one of our on-going senior exercise classes after screening and consultation with the Fitness Staff. A variety of offerings are available at different levels, and include Senior-Lite Jazzercise, Coed Fitness, SilverSneakers Classic, Strength-ercise, Tai Chi, and Chair Yoga, as well as arthritis water exercise and cardiovascular water exercise classes. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call 704-216-7714. 

Blood Pressure Screenings

Wednesday, February 4 from 9:30-10:30am.  Free  blood  pressure    readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball.  

A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

Chair Massage

Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center on Friday afternoons by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT.  Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-213-6059.

Club Meetings This Monthtober Club tings


TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am

Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am

Rufty Holmes Lady Liners - Each Tuesday at 10:00am

Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am

R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am

Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm

Overeaters Anonymous - Each Thursday at 6:30pm

Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm

Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, February 2 at 8:30am

Ambassadors Club - Monday, February 2 at noon

Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, February 5 at 10:00am

AARP Chapter - Thursday, February 5 at 12:30pm

Busy Bees Crafts Club - Friday, February 6 at 10:30am

Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, February 9 at 2:00pm

Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, February 11 at 2:00pm

Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, February 12 at 9:00am

Walk-Abouts - Thursday, February 12 at 1:00pm

Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, February 12 at 6:30pm

Southside Extension Homemakers - Monday, February 16 at 10:00am

Salisbury-Rowan Quilters Guild Meeting - Thursday, February 19 at 1:00pm

Carolina Artists - Thursday, February 19 at 7:00pm

Rowan County Council on Aging - Thursday, February 26 at 1:00pm


Lunch Clubs

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.

AARP Tax-Aide Program

Each Tuesday in February, March & early April, at the Senior Center with a previous appointment. Free one-to-one assistance for moderate or low income persons in completing simple federal and state income tax returns. Sponsored by AARP with trained volunteers. Morning and afternoon appointments available each month. Call 704-216-7714 to schedule an appointment. At the time of appointment, persons should bring with them a copy of their 2013 completed returns, any statements of earnings or income received for 2014, their Social Security card, and a photo identification. Call for more information.

"Are You Okay?" Service

Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.

Assistance with Hearing Needs

For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Call to get a time for an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.

Legal Assistance

Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc).  The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging.  For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aide office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.

Veterans' Services

The Rowan County Veterans Service Office is located at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Service Officers Elaine Howle and Rick Johnson are available to meet with Rowan County veterans to assist them in applying and receiving all VA benefits to which they are legally entitled. For an appointment, call 704-216-8130.

Appointments for Ombudsman Assistance

Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, is available each month to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment.

Gold Cards

Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID. Get yours now for fall school events.

Insurance Information Program Assistance

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7700 for more information.

General Information & Assistance

Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults.  If you have a need, call the Senior Help Line at 704-216-7700. 

This 'n That

Enjoy BELTONE BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50. 

SENIOR GAMES SHUFFLEBOARD practice will be held on Friday, February 6 from 8:30am-11:30am.

Enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments.

BROADCAST BINGO is available for Rowan County adults age 60 and older. Win prizes by listening daily to "Senior Moments" on Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7707 to enroll and for more information. Free.

"SENIOR MOMENTS" are aired daily Monday - Friday at 6:25am & 10:25am on Memories 1280 WSAT Radio.





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